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Callum Farr takes Faldo Series Midlands Title

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10 August 2017

10 August 2017: Callum Farr pipped Matthew Myers to win the England Midlands Championship by a single shot. Farr fired rounds of 73, 69 and 71 to win at a rain soaked Trentham Golf Club and in the process march through to his first ever Faldo Series Grand Final.

For the third Faldo Series UK Championship in succession the groundsmen earned their keep as torrential downpours threatened to deprive the young players of their Faldo Series opportunity. The course held up well against the unrelenting rain and although the girls’ were delayed by an hour on the final day all three rounds were completed.

Callum Farr was able to string together birdie runs on each day of competition. His second day 69 included a run of four successive birdies. Matthew Myers shot 68, 71 and 75 to secure second place but fell agonisingly short of the overall victory after leading by three going in to the final days play.

Nicola Slater was in fine form in the Girls’ Championship. The Woodsome Hall member fired 74, 75 and 72 to win by a single shot. Anna Collis held the lead going into the final day but as Collis stuttered Slater surged. Gemma Allman and Eloise Healey pushed Slater all the way before falling a single shot short.

Nicola Slater will now attend her second Faldo Series Europe Grand Final after she competed at Stoke-by-Nayland in 2016. Slater won her Under-16 category at last year’s Grand Final to claim her place at the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final at Laguna Lang Co, Vietnam.

The Overall Girls’ Champion commented: ‘I’m delighted to have won here at Trentham and I’m looking forward to attending another Grand Final. It was a terrific tournament and given the weather, I’d like to thank all those involved for keeping the course in such great condition for us to play today.’

Slater, Allman and Healey have now all qualified for the Faldo Series Grand Final. They will also be joined by 4th and 5th placed Jessica Hall and Amy Taylor. Allman and Hall will attend their first Grand Final. Eloise Healey previously competed at a Grand Final at Lough Erne and Amy Taylor played Stoke-by-Nayland.

The Under-18 Boys’ competition was won by Tiger Adams. Tiger shot 74, 75 and 74 to win by one shot ahead of American Ahmed Ali. Callum Denham had held the lead after two days featuring two Eagles but Tiger pounced on the final day to win the category and claim a place in his first Grand Final.

The Boys’ Under-16 division was far more clear-cut. Benjamin Pierleoni went into the final round level with Brandon Sarfo but Pierleoni shot a superb 68 to win with ease. Pierleoni will also line up his first ever Grand Final.

The final division – the Girls’ Under-16 – was won by Lea Dawson. Dawson navigated her way round the wet course with great skill considering the conditions. Dawson now has a chance to showcase her skills to a bigger audience at the Faldo Series Grand Final.

Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching thousands of golfers each year. Past winners include Major Champions Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, who took his tally of professional Major titles to four with his wins at the 2014 Open Championship and US PGA Championship.

Leading final scores

Boys’ Under-21

213 – Callum Farr (Priors Hall) 73-69-71

214 – Matthew Myers (Northamptonshire County) 68-71-75

220 – Jake Walley (Enville) 75-73-72

Boys’ Under-18

223 – Tiger Adams (Wellingborough) 74-75-74

224 – Ahmed Ali (Olympic) 76-73-75

225 – Joe Price (Hagley) 75-76-74, Callum Denham (West Hill) 71-74-80

Boys’ Under-16

217 – Benjamin Pierleoni (Berkhamsted) 75-74-68

230 – Luis Witherall (Northamptonshire County) 79-74-77, Brandon Sarfo (Gaudet Luce) 75-74-81

Girls’ Under-21

221 – Nicola Slater (Woodsome Hall) 74-75-72

222 – Gemma Allman (Moor Park) 76-74-72, Eloise Healey (West Lancashire) 73-74-75

Girls’ Under-16

234 – Lea Dawson (Peel) 83-72-79

For full scores and results from the England Midlands Championship please visit http://www.faldoseries.info/tic/tmtic.cgi.  You can also follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/faldoseries.